[Hpn] HUD Homeless GRANTS - White House PRESS RELEASE 23 Dec 2000 (fwd)

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             [WHITE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE]

WH FACT SHEET ON RADIO ADDRESS: HELPING THE HOMELESS

White House Fact Sheet on President Clinton's Radio Address
to the Nation: Helping Homeless Americans Achieve Self-Sufficiency

To: National Desk
Contact: White House Press Office, 202-456-2580
 
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 --

The following was released today by the White House:
 
PRESIDENT CLINTON'S RADIO ADDRESS TO THE NATION:
HELPING HOMELESS AMERICANS ACHIEVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY
AND WORKING FAMILIES PURCHASE HOMES

December 23, 2000

Today, President Clinton will announce several new steps to
provide more opportunities for housing and supportive services
for thousands of Americans -- whether they are homeless, live in
public or assisted housing, or seek to purchase their own homes.
The President will announce that the Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) is awarding over $1 billion in grants to
help more than 200,000 homeless people obtain housing and vital
social services to reach self-sufficiency -- the largest amount
ever in U.S. history. The President also will announce the
publication of a final rule requiring Public Housing Authorities
(PHAs) to promote economic integration in public housing.
Finally, the President will announce a 9 percent increase in the
Federal Housing Administration's loan limits, to a maximum
$239,250, expanding homeownership opportunities for working
families throughout the nation. These announcements build on the
Clinton-Gore record of promoting self-sufficiency for homeless
persons and increasing home ownership in America.

NEW GRANTS TO HELP HOMELESS AMERICANS ACHEIVE
SELF-SUFFICIENCY. The President today will announce over $1
billion in grants that will empower more than 200,000 homeless
people to find housing and to access the services they need to
achieve self-sufficiency. These grants are the product of
President Clinton's Continuum of Care strategy, initiated in
1993. The goal of this strategy, which requires local public and
private agencies to collaborate on creating a comprehensive plan
to address the needs of poor and homeless people, is to ensure
that communities respond to homelessness not simply by providing
emergency assistance, but also by putting into place
comprehensive and long-term approaches to help homeless people
become self-sufficient. Last year, Harvard University's Kennedy
School of Government and the Ford Foundation recognized HUD and
the Continuum of Care strategy as a winner of their Innovations
in American Government Award.

-- Continuum of Care Grants. The President will announce $895
million in Continuum of Care grants to help homeless people in
over 350 communities across all 50 states, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. Included in
this amount is nearly $29 million in one-year Shelter Plus Care
renewal grants. The Continuum of Care grants provide homeless
people with transitional and permanent housing and fund social
services such as job training, child care, substance abuse
treatment, and mental health services. The Continuum of Care
grants, implemented by HUD Secretary Cuomo, will fund 2,633
individual projects. Non-profit organizations receiving funds
include local chapters of the Salvation Army, Volunteers of
America, and Catholic Charities.

-- Emergency Shelter Grants. The President also will announce
$150 million in Emergency Shelter Grants to 312 local
jurisdictions located in all 50 states, the District of
Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Under this program, states and cities
select local projects to receive funding for emergency shelter
and other homeless needs. These funds can be used to improve the
quality of existing emergency shelters, to make available
additional shelters and transitional housing, to meet the costs
of operating shelters and of providing essential social services
to homeless individuals, and to help prevent homelessness. The
funds are distributed through a formula based on a community's
housing and poverty needs.
 

TAKING NEW STEPS TO INCREASE CHOICE AND OPPORTUNITY IN PUBLIC
AND ASSISTED HOUSING. The President will announce the
publication of a final rule requiring PHAs to promote economic
integration in public housing. Also, the rule provides
clarification to PHAs on what they must do to affirmatively
further fair housing in their admissions policies. As a result
of this rule, HUD will now require PHAs to make reasonable
efforts to assure that families of various incomes and races
have maximum opportunities in the public housing and voucher
programs. This action builds on the Clinton-Gore
Administration's previous efforts to move toward decent, safe,
and affordable housing for all, securing nearly 200,000 new
housing vouchers in the past three years. In addition, the
Administration increased fair market rents in difficult markets
to improve access for voucher holders to a larger number of
rental units, and helped PHAs use some housing vouchers to
expand tenant rental opportunities. The Administration also
improved public housing by demolishing the worst developments
and offering former tenants new housing choices, and has fought
housing discrimination by increasing the number of fair housing
enforcement actions.

MAKING HOMEOWNERSHIP POSSIBLE FOR MORE FAMILIES. The
President will also announce the raising of the Federal Housing
Administration's loan limits by 9 percent to a maximum $239,250,
expanding homeownership opportunities for working families
throughout the nation. This action comes at a time when the
nation is celebrating the highest homeownership rates in
history, 67.7 percent, exceeding the goal of 67.5 percent set by
the President five years ago. Nearly ten million more families
own homes today than in 1993 when the Clinton-Gore
Administration began. The percentage of FHA loans to first-time
home buyers has increased from 62 percent in 1992 to 82 percent
in 2000. Over the same period, the percentage of loans to
minorities has doubled from 22 percent to 40 percent with FHA
insuring home loans for 4.3 million first-time homebuyers. Since
1993, FHA has helped 1.9 million minority families buy a home.
FHA insures about forty-two percent of all home mortgages to
African-American and Hispanic homebuyers. The Administration
also recently finalized a rule allowing qualified working
families to use housing vouchers to purchase a home.
 
END FORWARD

SEE ALSO

To see the MA grant info as presented on the HUD webs page, go to
http://www.hud.gov/pressrel/esgcoc00/Ma.html

For State-by-state grant list
http://www.hud.gov/pressrel/pr00-349attch.html

For Detailed list by state and community
http://www.hud.gov/pressrel/esgcoc00/cocmenu00.html

For more information on HUD programs and what's new at HUD, visit
HUD's Home Page on the World Wide Web at http://www.hud.gov/.
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